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Tamer Mehanna, speaks outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Oct. 24, after a day of jury selection in the trial of his brother, Tarek Mehanna, of Sudbury, Mass. (AP)
Tamer Mehanna, speaks outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Oct. 24, after a day of jury selection in the trial of his brother, Tarek Mehanna, of Sudbury, Mass. (AP)

Two years ago Sudbury resident Tarek Mehanna was arrested on federal terrorism charges.

The allegations were grave. The government said Mehanna had sought training at a Yemeni terrorist camp, and that he had discussed plans to shoot up a shopping mall.

But neither the training or the shooting ever happened. Mehanna's trial began in Boston federal district court last week. And the case is likely to involve more than just national security law. Specifically, the First Amendment.

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This program aired on November 1, 2011.

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